After bringing both alt metal titans Tool and weirder alt/experimental project Puscifer to town last year, and appearing solo at City Winery in support of his memoir, eclectic (and incredibly busy) rocker Maynard James Keenan is back tonight, May 3 to Bridgestone Arena to complete the whole set, returning with his alt/hard rock supergroup A Perfect Circle for their first tour in six years, and first Music City outing in more than 15.
Formed by Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel in 1999, the rest of the lineup has rotated over the years, but has always remained impressive, currently boasting bassist Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, Ashes Divide), as well as ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha. While A Perfect Circle haven’t released any new music since 2004’s Emotive, this tour is meant to spark the creative juices necessary to craft a long-overdue followup and, already, reports have surfaced of new songs making their debut on the road.
Opening the show are San Diego duo Prayers, whose self-described “Cholo goth” navigates the harsh (and firsthand) realities of gang and street life, set to moody, electronic beats and post-punk influences. Given how long it’s been since A Perfect Circle’s last Nashville show, and how busy Keenan’s schedule always seems to be, we wouldn’t necessarily count on a return date any time soon; grab one of the few remaining tickets right here, or prepare for some extreme FOMO.
A Perfect Circle and Prayers will perform tonight, May 3 at Bridgestone Arena. The show is all ages, begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $40-61.